If you say you’re an island you’re full of beans. Everybody learns from everybody else. No, life isn’t a big lecture hall, it’s more like a big wine tasting where people sort of hang out and soak up things from other people, often without knowing it. Sometimes you just see something going on and you learn something. As Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”
Here’s a run-down of what I learned from other people last week:
- My wife taught me, in her sweet and gentle way, that the best intentions are meaningless if they’re wrapped up in a crappy attitude.
- I learned from my Mom that, when it comes to loved ones living or dead, there is a time for judgment and a time for mercy, a time for remembrance and a time for forgetting, and graceful is the way of knowing the time for each.
- A guy I work with at the office reminded me that you don’t need to be an expert at every task in your wheelhouse in order to be a great manager. You just have to know who the experts are and how to put them to work for you.
- I learned from an old friend that distrust is a doorway to the loneliest hell, but the way out is always there if you knock.
- And I learned from my pals at the Order of Seven Hills that pretty body mechanics is no match for reaction time, distance control, and killer instinct (and I have the scrapes and bruises to prove it).
What did you learn from other people this week? If you think you learned nothing, you might need to open your heart and your eyes.